Career Development Office

The Career Development Office (CDO) seeks to inspire and prepare all students to pursue high-impact environmental careers aligned with their individual abilities, experience, and interests. Its mission is to proactively educate students to maximize their entire YSE experience for impactful careers and lives; cultivate strong relationships with leading domestic and international environmental employers; and support career-related initiatives across YSE.

The CDO’s diverse resources, programs, and services enable users to develop key skills needed to present themselves professionally on the job market, develop and refine meaningful career goals, and chart a strategy for conducting effective job and internship searches. We work with students on an ongoing basis through individual advising appointments as well as through workshops conducted by staff and other career development professionals.

Career Planning Resources

Career Counseling and Peer Advising

Through individual career advising appointments with our professional team, and drop-in hours with trained peer reviewers, students work with CDO on:

General career advising (strategy, focus, vision)

LinkedIn profile development and reviews

Résumé reviews

Cover letter reviews

CV reviews

Converting a CV to a résumé; converting a résumé to a CV

Personal statement reviews for Ph.D. program and fellowship applications

Networking advice at Yale and beyond

Online tools orientation (YSENext, LinkedIn, Yale Cross Campus, AlumniFire)

Interview skills and preparation coaching

Mock interviews

Internship planning guidance

Internship funding advice

Salary negotiation strategies

ELM: Environmental Leadership Mentoring Program

All returning second-year YSE students have the opportunity to be matched with an alumni mentor.

YSENext Online Career Development System

Research more than 150 YSE-focused jobs and internships added each month

Publish your résumé for review by alumni and employers

Create job and internship alerts

Apply directly online for jobs/internships of interest

Schedule career counseling appointments

RSVP for upcoming events

Access exclusive career development resources

YSE Résumé

We work with students individually and through workshops to write and design a targeted professional résumé. We provide an official YSE Résumé Template and Résumé Content, Style, and Format Guidelines.

Workshops and Information Sessions

Jumpstarting the Job Search: Parts 1 and 2. These daylong programs are designed to guide students through phases of career readiness in line with internship, job, and further study timelines. Sample program agendas:


Building Your LinkedIn Profile

Résumé Workshop with Peer Review

Hive Mind: Networking

Getting Your Strategy in Place: Checklist Review

LinkedIn Photobooth


Interview Skills Workshop: Behavioral and Traditional Interview Questions

Cover Letter Writing and Peer Review

Yale Library Resources for the Job Search

Throughout the academic year

Internship Showcase and Networking Mixer

U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship Information Session

Applying for the Ph.D.

How to Work a Career Fair

Salary Negotiations

Career Fairs and Regional Events

YSEinDC: Approximately one hundred students attend this annual two-day program in Washington, D.C., home to the largest YSE alumni population. The event includes employer site visits, preselected job and internship interviews, small group information sessions, alumni networking dinners, and an alumni/student networking reception.

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair: Up to eighty employers in a range of fields and more than 1,000 students participate in this annual fair jointly sponsored by the eight Ivy League institutions. Open to all graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni from partner schools. The fair is held at Columbia University in New York.

Networking nights and career fairs hosted by partner career offices at Yale: Sample programs include STEM career fair, social impact career events, energy employer information sessions, and international development career panels.

On-Campus Recruiting

Connect with employers during on-campus information sessions, informational interviews, and interview opportunities.

Alumni Connections

YSE LinkedIn Group: The Office of Development and Alumni Services maintains the Yale School of the Environment LinkedIn group.

AlumniFire: A platform that blends professional networking provided by services like LinkedIn with event sharing and discussion opportunities on platforms like Facebook and the functions of a job search site.

Yale Cross Campus: A newly launched platform connecting Yale alumni to students, and alumni to alumni for networking and career development.

Internships and Summer Research

Internships and summer research have long been an important part of the educational program at YSE. They provide a unique opportunity to combine academic knowledge with practical experience, to enhance skills, and to gain professional confidence.

Students are assisted by the CDO, faculty, alumni, and other students in their search for internships and summer research experiences. Attention is given to students to help them locate opportunities that meet their individual needs and interests.

Given the School’s strong ties with natural resource, environmental, and conservation organizations worldwide, internship and research possibilities are virtually unlimited. Typical internships and research projects occur between the first and second years of the program; occasionally, however, they last for longer periods.

YSE 006, Summer Internship/Research 0 credits. The summer internship or research project is an important opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills gained during their first year of study, to gain professional experience and build networks, and to investigate potential career paths. Consists of a research project or internship experience between ten and twelve weeks, typically in the summer between the first and second years of the program. Students have latitude in designing a summer practicum closely aligned with individual academic and career goals. Students are responsible for securing their own internship or developing a relevant research project with appropriate faculty supervision, applying for and securing their own summer funding, and completing appropriate online forms before and after the internship or research experience in order to receive course credit. Required of all master’s candidates.

Summer 2019 Internships and Research Projects

The following list, compiled by the CDO, shows the rich and diverse experiences that YSE students had during a recent summer. Data for other years is available online at For more information, please contact Kathryn Douglas, Senior Associate Director, at 203.436.4830 or The School and its students thank donors, host organizations, and supervisors for making these valuable professional experiences possible.


University of Washington, Researcher, Wash.

Yale University, Apprentice, Conn.

Yale University, Fellow, Conn.

Yale University, Intern, Conn.

Government/Public Sector

China Investment Corporation, Intern, Beijing, China

City & County of Honolulu, Intern, Hawaii

City of Kigali, Intern, Kigali, Rwanda

City of Madison, Intern, Wis.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Intern, Lazio, Italy

German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Intern, Suva, Fiji

House of Representatives, Fellow, Washington, D.C.

House of Representatives, Intern, Washington, D.C.

IMPLAN, Intern, Yucatan, Mexico

Maryland Port Administration, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Md.

National Park Service, Intern, Idaho

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Intern, N.Y.

Pittsburgh City Planning, Intern, Pennsylvania

Rwanda Ministry of Environment, Intern, Kigali, Rwanda

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Intern, Quebec, Canada

Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Analyst, Calif.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Researcher, Va.

Sustainable CT, Fellow, Conn.

United Nations Development Programme, Intern, Istanbul, Turkey

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Interns (2), Bonn, Germany

United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Intern, N.Y.

United Nations International Organization for Migration, Interns (2), England, U.K.


Akilah Institute of Technology, Interns (2), Kigali, Rwanda

The Brookings Institute, Intern, Washington, D.C.

Ceres, Intern, Mass.

Climate Alliance, Intern, Washington, D.C.

Earthjustice, Clerk, N.Y. and Colo.

EcoAgriculture Partners, Intern, Washington, D.C.

Economic Artistry, Intern, Calif.

EPIC, Intern, Washington, D.C.

Forterra, Intern, Wash.

Institute for Sustainable Communities, Fellow, Vt.

LegacyWorks Group, Associate, Wyo.

Mission 2020, Associate, Bonn, Germany

National Parks Conservation Association, Intern, Calif.

National Parks Conservation Association, Intern, Washington, D.C.

National Resources Defense Council, Moran Fellow, Calif.

National Resources Defense Council, Cameron Speth Fellow, Washington, D.C.

National Tropical Botanical Garden, Intern, Hawaii

The Nature Conservancy, Intern, Calif.

The Nature Conservancy, Interns (2), Colo.

The Nature Conservancy, Intern, Yap, Micronesia

Palmer Land Trust, Intern, Colo.

Pillsbury United Communities, Intern, Minn.

Quivira Coalition, Intern, N.Mex.

Rocky Mountain Institute, Intern, Colo.

Rocky Mountain Institute, Interns (3), N.Y.

Rural Action, Intern, Ohio

Southern Environmental Law Center, Clerk, Ala.

United Nations Development Programme, Intern, Lower Myanmar, Myanmar

Urban Land Institute, Intern, Washington, D.C.

Urban Resources Initiative, Intern, Conn.

Ute Tribal Land Trust, Intern, Calif.

We Mean Business Coalition, Intern, N.Y.

Wildtype Media Group, Intern, Washington, D.C.

World Resources Institute, Cameron Speth Fellow, Washington, D.C.

World Resources Institute, Interns (2), Washington, D.C.

World Resources Institute, Researcher, Conn.

World Wildlife Fund, Intern, Washington, D.C.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Intern, Alberta, Canada

Private Business/Consulting

Apex Clean Energy, Intern, Va.

Avangrid, Intern, Oreg.

Barclay & Crousse Architecture, Intern, Lima, Peru

Boston Consulting Group, Associate, Tex.

Burton, Inc., Intern, Vt.

Cohn Reznick Capital, Associate, N.Y.

Credit Suisse, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, N.Y.

Danone, Intern, Colo.

David Hertz FAIA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture, Intern, Calif.

The Delphi Group, Intern, Alberta, Canada

eMotorWerks, Intern, Calif.

Forested Foods, Intern, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Google, Inc., Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Calif.

Greentech Capital Advisors, Associate, N.Y.

Hand Me Up, Founder, Conn.

Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Intern, N.Y.

InterContinental Hotels Group, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Ga.

Lyft, Inc., Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Calif.

McDonald’s, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Ill.

Metabolic, Intern, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Natural Roots Farm, Associate, Mass.

New Haven Community Solar, Manager, Conn.

OneEquity, Vice President, N.Y.

PepsiCo, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, N.Y.

Radicle Impact, Associate, Calif.

Ranger Power, Intern, N.Y.

ReNew Power, Intern, Haryana, India

Rheem Manufacturing, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Ga.

Samsara, Intern, Calif.

SCS Global Services, Intern, Calif.

Skylight, Manager, Wash.

Spectral Energy, Intern, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Under Armour, Intern, Md.

Voltus, Intern, Mass.

WSP, Intern, N.Y.

Xcel Energy, Intern, Minn.

Private Law

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Associate, Mo.

Whiteman Osterman Hanna LLP, Associate, N.Y.

Independent Research

American Ginseng Pharm, Researcher, N.Y.

Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB), Researcher, Karnali, Nepal

Center for International Forestry Research, Researcher, Lima, Peru

County Government of Kiambu, Researcher, Kiambu, Kenya

Forest Service, Researcher, Maryland

Nature and Culture International, Researcher, Loja, Ecuador

Princeton University, Researcher, Laikipia County, Kenya

Proyecto Comunitario Agro-Eco-Turstico Barrio Rio Hondo, Inc., Researcher, Puerto Rico

University of California, Davis, Researcher, Calif.

University of Rwanda, Researcher, Colline Kununya, Rwanda

Yale University, Researcher, Bono East, Ghana

Yale University, Researcher, Calif.

Yale University, Researchers (8), Conn.

Yale University, Researcher, Cuba and Barbados

Yale University, Researcher, Eastern Province, Rwanda

Yale University, Researcher, Kabarole, Uganda

Yale University, Researchers (2), La Paz, Bolivia

Yale University, Researcher, Loja, Ecuador

Yale University, Researcher, Los Santos, Panama

Yale University, Researcher, Lusaka, Zambia

Yale University, Researchers (2), Mont.

Yale University, Researcher, Shan State, Myanmar

Yale University, Researcher, Uganda

Yale University, Researcher, West Province, Rwanda

Immediately Following Graduation

Each year Yale YSE graduates enjoy employment success in environmental science, policy, and management within the United States and around the world, or they pursue admission for further academic study. Details including salary information on the most recent as well as previous classes can be found at

Summary data from the class of 2019 master’s graduates six months after graduation (107 responses):

Private (Business/Consulting) 34%
Private (Business/Law) 1%
Nonprofit/Nongovernmental 32%
Government/Public Sector 16%
Academic (K–Higher Education) 9%
Further Study 8%